Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery and is used to remove unwanted fat in the body. It is used to remove fat from many different organs of the human body like buttocks, hips, cheeks, chest area, upper arms, stomach and neck. It is also referred to as Lipoplasty or Lipo.
This procedure is a type of cosmetic surgery that is used to improve the body appearance. It does not deal with health issues though it can treat conditions like lymphoedema, where fluids accumulate in the body tissues and gynaecomastia, a condition that causes fatty swellings to develop under the nipples of a man.
This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure and it is quick so the patient does not have to be admitted in the hospital unless they have lots of fat to be removed. The procedure is done in three ways where a local anesthetic can be used and it involves large amounts of anesthetic solution been injected into the fatty tissues. This method is known as Tumescent Liposuction.
The second method is known as Ultrasound where ultrasound is used to turn the fat into liquid making it easier to be extracted. It is usually used to remove fat from upper abdomen part, back and also sides. The third method is known as Laser-Assisted. It uses low energy waves to turn the fat into liquid which is then removed through a cannula that is small, which is inserted through some small cuts in the skin.
This surgery can be done together with other cosmetic surgeries like tummy tuck which is known as abdominoplasty, facelift and breast reduction. Before a person decides to have the procedure done, they are advised to talk to a doctor and get some advise on what to expect and also to be familiar with the side effects that can occur. This should be considered by everyone willing to have it done since it is an expensive procedure and the results are not guaranteed.
Like other cosmetic surgeries, Lipo also has side effects which includes, swelling, infections, numbness, bruising and scarring. After the procedure is done one is required to wear elastic compression clothing which reduces swelling since the place is bandaged and stitched. The surgery takes a minimum of two weeks for one to recover though noticeable results takes like six months to appear because the wound may take time to heal.